Can't get 6 string Bass E-E tuning tablature to work

• Sep 2, 2022 - 21:40

I took the existing 6 string bass which is B-C tuning and edited the strings so that I had E - E tuning. (See attachment)

Created this tablature (see attachment), entered an A note and it inputs it as an E on the high string.

Any idea what I'm doing wrong or is this a bug?

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How are you entering the A note?
I seem to just be able to type it in, either as a number on the tab string as I wish or by enabling a linked staff and using standard staff note input.

For example:
1. Go into note input
2. Press down arrow twice to select 3rd string
3. Type 2

Result: an A3 is added to the staff, which seems to all match up with the staff properties tuning that string as G3.

You need to read:
and understand that when entering notes in TAB most folk enter the number of the fret that is pressed by the finger.
If you prefer, you can type letters, but A=0, B=1, C=2, etc. These letters are not note names.

To enter note names...
Set up a linked Standard staff, then enter note names as pitches A, B, C, etc. onto the Standard staff. This will translate correctly onto the linked TAB staff.

In reply to by Jm6stringer

Ah, good call, I wouldn't have thought of that even though I was just yesterday updating the Handbook page for MuseScore 4 to mention these. You might think its odd for "A" to mean something other than the note A, but it's important to note that tablature has a long history, and for much of it, letters were used the way numbers are now - as fret indicators, not note names. So MuseScore supports to simplify entry of historical tablature.

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